Striped bass regulations have changed.
The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) closed on May 1, 2015 and will remain closed until September 1, 2015.
Detailed information about new SBBP procedures, including permits and reporting will be provided through various outlets including this webpage as soon as they become available. All current permit holders will receive a notice that the old permits are no longer valid and will automatically receive a new permit prior to September 1, 2015.
On September 1, 2015, the new SBBP regulations will be:
New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:
The current allocation from ASMFC is 215,912 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2015, any overage would be subtracted from the 2016 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, the Division encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.
REGULATIONS/CHANGES TO PROGRAM
Note: New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:
With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches from September 1 to December 31. Please note the order of fish harvested does not matter (Bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fish). Visit the Marine section of the Regulations page to check current Federal and State possession and season regulations for striped bass fishing in your area.
Participants in the Bonus Program can receive immediate notification of regulation updates, emergency closures, special notices, etc., by subscribing to the free NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List. For details, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.
Permits are currently not being issued. Applications for the SBBP may be submitted now:
Return completed form with a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to the Division. All applicants must complete the Child Support Certification each year. See www.njfishandwildlife.com/child_support_info.htm for details.
Detailed information on procedures for reporting will be provided as soon as they become available.
The online fishing log is currently not available. Detailed information on procedures for completing and submitting fishing logs will be provided as soon as they become available.